Through works of art spanning ancient to contemporary times, UMMA's exhibition Copies and Invention in East Asia challenges our understanding of originality, and presents copying as an act of imaginative interpretation. The exhibition includes burial goods that conjure a world for the deceased; Buddhist sculptures produced in multiples to amplify religious experience and meaning; paintings in which a master’s brushstrokes are faithfully duplicated as a way of shaping the self; and contemporary works that address multiplicity and duplication in the modern world. Join Natsu Oyobe, exhibition curator and Curator of Asian Art, for a discussion of these works and how the practice of copying has been a source of creativity and innovation within a variety of artistic practices across the region from past to present.
In Conversation: Copies and Creativity in East Asian Art
Lead support for Copies and Invention in East Asia is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Center for Japanese Studies, Nam Center for Korean Studies, and College of Engineering. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Department of Asian Languages and Cultures.